despite two words that helped to shatter one of pro sports barriers. washington wizards senator, jason collins, saying, i'm gay. more on the announcement from nbc's mike taibbi. >> reporter: he was drafted as an inside scoring force. while jason collins is not a star or a starter anymore, the 12-year pro is now something no active player has ever been, openly gay. >> there have been tens of thousands before him. he is the first to come out while playing and saying, i'm gay. >> reporter: he wrote, i want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. i want to take a stand and say, me too. the reaction, hugely positive. from kobe bryant, proud of jason. nba commissioner, david stearns, saluted his leadership mantle and chelsea clinton, his classmate at stanford, cheered him for having the strength and courage to become the first.